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Afford’s Blacktown Day Program is extremely proud of eight clients who, this week, graduated from the Toastmasters Youth Leadership Program!

The Toastmasters Youth Leadership  course is tailored for youth and people with disability. Participants completed the course at Afford’s Blacktown Day Program every fortnight for 16 weeks.

The program is designed to build self confidence for public speaking and developing skills to communicate and to speak up in a variety of scenarios and to contribute to ‘table topics’, such as when speaking about our likes and dislikes in a group. Organisers incorporate role playing and drama into the course to make the program interesting and engaging for clients.

Around 30 Afford staff, VIP and friends and family of the graduates came together to celebrate the wonderful achievements of our clients.

Each client made a brief speech about their favourite things at the Toastmasters Graduation ceremony at the Blacktown Day Program on 2 November 2018.

Animals were a hot topic for speeches with Virginia speaking about kangaroos, Duygu speaking about lions, and Alfred discussing cows throughout their speeches.

Ryan chose to speak about sports during his speech, while Tanuj talked about mobile phones, Clara spoke about rainbows and Michael talked about going to birthday parties.

Peter was one client who truly impressed the crowd. Before taking part in the Toastmasters course, Peter would not get up in front of a crowd. But during the graduation ceremony, he seemed quite at ease to speak in front of the group about his favourite thing – movies.

Stephan Bali MP, Mayor of Blacktown City, as well as Toastmasters officials, Sandra Sweetman,

Phil Reeds, John Inglis and Naomi Martin, were among the VIPs who attended the event and congratulated graduates for their achievements.

After the formalities were complete and graduates were presented with their certificates, everyone enjoyed a delicious lunch of sandwiches and healthy fruit.

The Toastmasters program offers clients the opportunity to develop important life and work skills and the confidence to speak up in a group setting.